What is the SCAC & Who Needs It?
A Standard Carrier Alpha Code, known as SCAC, is a unique two-to-four-letter code used to identify transportation companies. The code is issued from the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). Carriers typically get a SCAC when they are doing work in secured areas, such as ports, or crossing US borders.
SCAC codes are issued within 24 hours. All carriers must renew their SCAC each year by July 1. There is an $82 annual fee. In addition to SCAC those who haul intermodal containers at ports will be required to obtain a TWIC card (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) for each driver entering the port, and may be required to join the UIIA- Uniform Intermodal Interchange Facilities access agreement.
Carriers who cross the U.S. border into Canada or Mexico are required to have a SCAC. Also, all carriers who access shipping ports or haul intermodal containers are required to have a SCAC. If the above scenarios do not apply to you, there is no reason to get a SCAC.